Paris is a city many travellers fall in love with.
There is so much that this city has to offer, that makes it impossible to see everything.
The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles are just some of the unmissable attractions.
There are also exciting activities including wine-tasting, attending a cooking class or a perfume workshop.
We’ve put together a list of activities to help you narrow your choice down.
You may never have the time to see all the attractions, but you can be sure you’ve covered the most fascinating ones.
1/ Eiffel Tower Tour – Skip the Line
The Eiffel Tower is the capital’s unmissable attraction.
The funny thing is it was never meant to be a permanent structure.
Engineer Gustav Eiffel built it in 1889 for the World Fair.
At the time it was the world’s tallest structure (320 meters) until New York Empire State Building was built.
Parisians initially were against the tower, so it skirted demolition on a couple of occasions.
Today, this is the most visited attraction in the world.
Take the elevator to the top and admire the vast panoramic views.
The lines are long, so take any chance you get to skip them and spend your time listening interesting anecdotes about the tower.
2/ Louvre Museum Tour – Skip the Line
If you have time to visit just one museum in Paris, Louvre should be your choice.
Discover ancient Grecian sculptures including Venus de Milo, Napoleon’s lavish apartments, Michelangelo’s masterpieces and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, the museum’s biggest star.
The Louvre first served as a royal residence and later transformed into a museum after Louis XIV left it in favour of Versailles.
It was opened in 1793, and it is considered to be one of the best museums in the world.
The enormous maze of passageways, staircases and galleries with around 35,000 works of art can be overwhelming.
Choose the time when there will be fewer people, and pick ahead what you would like to see.
Don’t forget to grab a map.
3/ Paris Catacombs Tour – Skip the Line
Head underground and explore the mysterious world of catacombs. Under the “City of Love” lies the “Empire of Death” proving that not everything in Paris is sweet and romantic.
The catacombs stretch for miles under the city, but visitors are allowed to access only a part of it.
After burial grounds run out of space in the late 18th century, Parisians decided to move the bones of six million people underground in a network of limestone mines.
Tunnels are 20 meters below street level, with a steady temperature of 14 degrees Celsius.
Bones are arranged in decorative patterns, but narrow winding tunnels are still a bit creepy.
4/ Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie
Discover Ile de la Cité and its remarkable sights. Notre Dame Cathedral is undoubtedly the most famous, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
The cathedral exterior features various sculptures on the facades, including the famous gargoyles.
Once inside, you can marvel the high gilded ceilings, stained-glass windows, and relics that the cathedral holds.
Climb up the towers to see the massive bell Quasimodo rang in Victor Hugo’s novel and for a breath-taking view of the city.
If you want to be dazzled by 15 stained-glass windows, step inside the Sainte Chapelle.
Each window is 15 meter high, and they depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments.
The Sainte Chapelle was built to house Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns purchased by King Louis IX.
It was a part of the former royal palace, the Palais de la Cité, with the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie.
Next, proceed to the Conciergerie.
This medieval palace, with its castle-like turrets, was used as a prison during the French revolution.
Don’t miss your chance to see a cell where Marie-Antoinette spent the last weeks of her life before being executed by a guillotine.
5/ Montmartre Art Walking Tour & Musee d’Orsay
Montmartre is considered to be a birthplace of Impressionism.
It’s an eclectic neighbourhood, once a hangout for Paris’ bohemian crowd.
Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Dali and many others lived or worked in this area.
As you stroll through the streets, you’ll weave past the places that influenced their art.
See the Le Clos Montmartre, the oldest vineyard in Paris, Moulin Rouge and Pigalle, as well as the Dali Espace museum.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is towering over the neighbourhood.
Explore its interior and admire the ceilings glittering mosaic, as well as the astonishing views from the top.
Conclude this experience with a visit to the Musee d’Orsay.
It is housed in a former train station, and it displays paintings, sculptures and artwork produced between 1848 and 1914, including the works of Impressionists.
6/ Arc de Triomphe – Skip the Line
This Arch is about 50 meters tall and the largest of its kind in the world.
It was commissioned by Napoleon and honours all those who fought for France.
You can see carved sculptures on it and the names of the battles fought, as well as the generals involved.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is also here.
Admire the Arch from the outside for free, or climb to the top for the spectacular view of the city.
7/ Paris Pantheon – Skip the Line
The Pantheon is the most famous work of the architect Jacques-Germain Soufflot.
He intended to outdo the churches of St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London.
Its facade was modelled on the Pantheon in Rome.
The Paris Pantheon was initially meant to be dedicated to St. Genevieve, but by the time it was finished, a lot had changed.
Now it serves as a mausoleum and contains the remains of distinguished French citizens.
The crypt houses Rousseau, Voltaire, Zola, and Hugo.
Pierre and Marie Curie’s and Alexandre Dumas remains are also here.
8/ Paris Aquarium
Aquarium de Paris known as Cinéaqua is situated in the Trocadero Gardens and showcases a variety of fish and marine life.
It’s a great experience for children and adults as well.
There are about 60 tanks and pools with 10,000 sea creatures from all over the world.
There are also big shark tanks, holding more than 30 sharks, jellyfish exhibit, and a pool for petting koi craps, the coloured variety of fish.
This is one of the three aquariums in the city, and one of the oldest in the world since it has been opened since 1867.
9/ Picasso Museum – Skip the Line
Pablo Picasso spent a great deal of his life in Paris, and although this museum doesn’t have his most famous work, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The museum holds a remarkable collection of more than 3,000 Picasso’s artwork including various sculptures and 300 paintings.
However, there are also Picasso’s drawings, sketchbooks, engravings, photographs and illustrated books.
The artist often drew his life, and this public collection takes you on a journey that follows his creative process.
The museum is housed in the Hotel Salé, the most extraordinary of the Parisian hotels at the end of the 17th century.
It was renovated from a residence to a museum in 1968.
10/ Paris Pere Lachaise Cemetery
This must be one of the world’s most well-known graveyards.
The celebrity cemetery contains 70,000 burial plots, and it looks more like an open-air sculpture garden.
Wander through the labyrinth of graves with sneaking hillside paths and nice stone stairs.
It is a burial place of famous and talented French, and also the ones who died or have lived in Paris at some point in their lives.
Some of its resting residents are Jim Morrison of the Doors, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Honore de Balzac, Frederic Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Edit Piaf and many others.
11/ Luxembourg Gardens
The Luxembourg Gardens can easily be considered an open-air museum, with its 106 sculptures spread around the park.
The gardens were created by the Queen Marie de Medici in 1612.
There are French and English gardens and a large pond in between.
The best way to unwind here is to find the right spot and enjoy the scenery.
However, you can also play chess, bridge or have a picnic.
Enjoy a game of basketball or baseball, see the beehives, or visit the Musee du Luxembourg, the first French museum opened to the public.
There are numerous activities for children too, such as pony riding, rides, slides and a puppet show at the on-site Theatre des Marionettes.
12/ Avenue des Champs-Elysees
“Aux Champs-Elysées, Aux Champs-Elysées” sings Joe Dassin about Paris’ most beautiful boulevard.
It’s a 2-kilometre stretch between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe and a mecca for shoppers.
Along with its tree-lined sidewalks, you can find luxury boutiques and stores, jewellers, nightclubs, restaurants and finally some of the top museums.
Champs-Elysées has been a symbol of style since the mid-19th century.
It is also where major events such as the Bastille Day military parade takes place.
Take in its atmosphere and enjoy watching locals and tourists strolling and window-shopping.
13/ Auvers-sur-Oise and Giverny Day Trip
Spend a day visiting places where great artists Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet lived and worked.
First, travel to Giverny, a tiny village Monet fell in love with, seeing it through the train window.
He moved there, and soon after that, he began his waterlily paintings.
See his house and the waterlily pond with Japanese bridge that featured in many of his paintings.
After that, head to Auvers-sur-Oise, a village near French capital where several famous artists lived and worked during the 19th century.
The most prominent is Vincent van Gogh, who spent his last days there, on the upper floor of the Auberge Ravoux.
During his stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, he created more than 80 paintings and sketches.
14/ Palace of Versailles Day Trip
Head to the magnificent Palace of Versailles, famous as the primary residence of King Louis XIV.
It’s hard to imagine that the palace was once a modest hunting lodge, and he was responsible for transforming it to an extravagant palace.
He also moved the French government and court here.
After the French Revolution, Versailles became the Museum of the History of France and was packed with priceless art.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site notable mainly for the Hall of Mirrors, a 73-metre gallery hung with 357 mirrors, Royal Opera, and royal residences.
Stroll around the gardens, that took nearly 40 years to complete with features like fountains, canals, geometric flower beds and groves.
See the Grand Trianon, a pink marble palace, and the Petit Trianon that King Louis XVI gave his wife, Marie-Antoinette, as a wedding gift.
15/ Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour
D-day was the most massive seaborne invasion in history.
With this invasion of Normandy, allies began the liberation of German-occupied France.
This tour will take you to see the landing beaches, including Utah and Omaha beach where the casualties were the heaviest.
You can visit the extraordinary Utah Beach Museum and admire the original B-26 bomber aeroplane on display.
Explore Pointe du Hoc, crucial strategic position and the highest point between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, with many of the original fortifications and a number of bomb craters.
Nearby is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where almost 10,000 soldiers were buried, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt.
16/ Moulin Rouge Show
Moulin Rouge is for sure the most famous cabaret in the world.
It opened in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, and it had a gigantic dance floor, mirrors everywhere, and, of course, beautiful showgirls.
It has become famous thanks to the fast-paced French Cancan, and for more than a century, it dazzles the whole world.
Admire a troupe of artists while they perform the show that features feathers, rhinestones, acrobats, original music and shining decor.
The Moulin Rouge puts on a joyful show every evening, at 9 pm and 11 pm.
Shows usually sell out months in advance, so pre-book your tickets and embark on an extraordinary journey.
17/ Lido de Paris Cabaret
This landmark cabaret, situated on the Champs-Elysées, was founded in 1946.
Ever since talented artists have performed on its stage.
Lido de Paris develops a new version of its show every few years.
The dancers of the Lido are known as the Bluebell Girls, and they are some of the most talented and beautiful burlesque dancers.
Every night, they put on a show, wearing lavish costumes while surrounded by extraordinary scenery.
Experience the show and discover a world of decadent dancers, captivating music and spectacular costumes featuring thousands of dollars in feathers, sequins, rhinestones and furs.
18/ Disneyland Paris
With two Disney parks and more than 50 attraction, Disneyland® Paris promises magical and fun day for both, kids and adults as well.
There is also a Disney Entertainment Village with numerous restaurants, bars and hotels.
This theme park is also known as Euro Disney, and it is located just outside of Paris.
Bumping into Mickey or Minnie will put a smile on your face, regardless of your age.
If your kids are young, check out the Fantasyland and see Alice’s Curious Labyrinth.
Help Buzz save the world or experience a ghostly pirate attack in the Adventureland.
Daredevils of all ages have to try out the adrenaline ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
19/ Parc Asterix
This amusement park, based on the comic book series Asterix, opened in 1989, and it is known for its many roller coasters.
Embark on a journey that will take you back in time in the company of Asterix and Obelix, the characters from the comic books of Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.
Parc Asterix is located about 30 kilometres north of Paris and offers 40 attraction and numerous challenges for adults and children.
Get a taste of what its like to live like a Gaul, experience the final battle between them and the Roman Legionnaires, or enjoy live shows.
It’s open from April to November and guarantees thrills, shivers and a good time.
20/ Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Dinner Cruise
You can admire Paris from the water, as well.
In fact, you can combine sightseeing with a classy dinner on an evening cruise.
The riverbanks of the Seine River are home to numerous attractions.
Enjoy a delicious dinner, listen to the music as you cruise by the islands Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Parisian Statue of Liberty, the Louvre Museum and many others.
The huge windows give you the opportunity to experience panoramic views of the sights as the boat cruises from the Eiffel Tower to La Bibliothèque Nationale and back.
21/ Champagne Tasting on a Seine River Cruise
If your idea of paradise includes sipping Champagne while cruising along the River Seine, then Champagne Tasting Tour is a perfect way to meet Paris.
This way you can discover the charms of the French capital away from the crowds.
Start from the dock near the Eiffel Tower and cruise along the Seine River.
Sit back and enjoy the view of the Tower, as well as the Orsay Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and many bridges that cross the Seine.
Taste three Champagnes while listening about the history of Paris’ famous monuments.
22/ Paris Chocolate Walking Tour
Paris is like heaven for chocolate fans.
Choose morning or afternoon tour and follow the trail of the top chocolate shops on the Right Bank.
Visit the most fabulous chocolate boutiques in Paris, learn about the various production methods, and appreciate the quality of the delicious products through a tasting.
Ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about these Parisian treats and find out why Paris is famous for its exquisite chocolate.
As you walk from shop to shop, from Place de la Concorde, you’ll also discover the Louvre and the Opera House.
23/ Marais District Food Walking, Wine and Cheese Tastings
The fourth arrondissement in Paris, also known as Le Marais, is home to the oldest market in Paris.
It is also the best place to taste delicious French specialities.
Choose morning or afternoon tour and get ready to discover some of the Paris food secrets.
Try culinary delights like Organic Tapenade, Cured Meat, Jams, as well as chocolate and macaroons from some of the best chocolatiers.
Taste wine and cheese, and learn about classic French bread and baguettes.
Find out what makes Paris unique and enjoy the French delicacies, while discovering this fascinating area.
24/ Paris Luxury Bus Dining Experience
Hop aboard this unique panoramic tour of the French capital.
A luxury double-decker bus with its 360-degree glass enclosure gives you the opportunity to admire the most famous sights while dining in Parisian style.
Sit back and admire as you drive past the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre Museum, the Palais Garnier, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Learn about the history of the famous sights and take in the beautiful views of central Paris.
It is a great way to meet the city, especially if you are visiting for the first time.
25/ French Wine Tasting
Going to a wine-tasting is an exciting way to spend a couple of hours in Paris since France is well-known for the quality of its wines.
Whether you are an expert or a beginner, don’t miss your chance to enjoy sampling award-winning wines from different regions in France.
Head to an elegant wine bar, and join wine-tasting led by an expert sommelier.
You can find out how to read a French wine label and a wine list and discover different wine-tasting techniques.
Also, learn the history of French wine and how to pair food and wine.
26/ Small Group French Cooking Class
Do you want to learn the secrets of French gastronomy?
Choose a cooking class and prepare a three-course meal from scratch.
Of course, you will be guided by a French cuisine and food expert so you can gain insight into French cooking techniques.
First, learn how to select the highest-quality ingredients.
Then, plan your menu and prepare an entree, main course and dessert.
You will also learn various tips and tricks which will help you improve your cooking.
At the end of your class, enjoy the meal you have prepared with a glass of wine.
27/ Paris Perfume Workshop
Perfumery is a Parisian speciality and plays a significant part in games of seduction.
If perfumes are your passion too, visit the workshop, led by a perfume expert.
You will learn the history of perfumes and current trends, as well as how to smell and describe ingredients of an eau de cologne.
Indulge in an unforgettable sensorial experience and find out what are base, heart and head notes.
After that, you will have a chance to create your own perfume, that you can take with you.
Blend aromatic notes together, creating a unique scent you like.
28/ Hidden Paris Bike Tour
If you prefer biking over walking, you can cycle through the city of light and feel Paris like a local.
Ride through hidden streets at a leisurely pace, and absorb local atmosphere.
You’ll see houses of Jim Morrison and Victor Hugo, one of the most expensive restaurants, a 1,000-year-old wall and many other attractions.
Besides, you can ride past the Bastille, the Louvre and Orsay Museum, the Pompidou Centre, the Seine river, Notre Dame, and, of course, get fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower.
Following a planned route, you’ll stay on bike paths and one-way streets.
29/ Paris City Segway Tour
Since the introduction of Segways, tours including these transportation devices sell out quickly.
Choose the departure that suits you the most, and glide by Paris’ iconic attractions.
First, you’ll practice riding Segways.
When you feel confident enough, the tour starts.
See Napoleon’s Tomb, the Bridge named after Tsar Alexander III, Grand and Petit Palais, and Place de la Concorde.
You’ll learn interesting facts about these attractions from your guide.
However, have in mind that you have to be older than 12, and lighter than 117 kilograms to be able to ride a Segway.
30/ Versailles Helicopter Tour from Paris
Join a pilot and fly over Paris to Versailles and back.
Learn about flying helicopters and find out how Parc des Princes Stadium, Bois de Boulogne, Trocadero and Montparnasse look like from the sky.
Enjoy bird’s-eye view of the Eiffel Tower and the star attraction Versailles Palace.
You’ll have about half an hour to admire stunning aerial views of the French capital, and one stopover to pose for photos and have a drink.
Book your flight for one of the first days of your stay because it can be rescheduled due to bad weather.
31/ Romantic Horse and Carriage Ride
Is there anything more romantic than horse and carriage ride through the romantic French capital?
Spice up this unique way of exploring Paris with a bottle of Champagne.
Sit back and admire the sights including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Trocadero and Arc de Triomphe.
It’s perfect for couples and romantic occasions.
Choose the time that suits you the most and have in mind that the ride operates in all weather conditions.
This is a truly unique and historical way to experience the beauty and romance of Paris.
32/ Big Bus Paris Hop on Hop off
If you want to create your own sightseeing itinerary, aboard an open-top double-decker bus for a hop-on-hop-off tour.
You can choose any of the 15 stops around town, and continue exploring the city on foot.
Visit the magnificent Eiffel Tower or the world-famous Louvre museum.
You can hop back on whenever you like.
Take in the panoramic views of the city while listening to the audio commentary and find out more about Paris’ history and architecture.
Choose Classic or Montmartre Route and 1-day or 2-day pass.
33/ Paris Pass including Big Bus & 60 Attractions
Would you like to see many attractions in Paris and save money at the same time?
Then you should get a Paris Pass.
Also, you won’t have to wait in line at many attractions because of the fast-track entry.
Another benefit is that you won’t be needing cash, you can just show your pass at the entrance.
Paris Pass includes free entry to over 60 sights and attractions, a free map of the city and 1-day pass for the hop-on-hop-off tour.
Also, you can use public transport within Zones 1-3 for free while your pass is valid, and have other special offers at selected restaurants.
In Paris, there is something for everyone.
It’s monument-lined boulevards, museums and boutiques will leave you amazed.
Seductive and charming, French capital harbours the treasures from the ancient times onwards.
Plan your itinerary carefully, and let Paris show you its hidden charms.